Sense8, the Netflix series from the Wachowskis’s, has had a dramatic cast change, in which British actor Aml Ameen, who played Capheus “Van Damme” on the show has been replaced by actor Toby Onwumere. The switch is alleged to be due to “creative differences” with co-creator/executive producer/director Lana Wachowski…
These “differences” allegedly flared up during the table read of the show according to Deadline, but got worse once they’d moved to India for filming. This led to Ameen leaving and Onwumere being bought in to replace him.
It’s not entirely clear what these “differences” were with Lana Wachowski, a transgender woman, but when fellow cast member Jamie Clayton, also a transgender woman, was asked in a Twitter Q&A if she was sad to see him leaved, replied “NO!”… And when someone tweeted “This is horrible!!” at her about the removal of Ameen, she replied “It’s really not. Hate is horrible. Intolerance is horrible. #Sense8 IS LOVE.” Sooo… yeh…
Sense8 is a scifi series which revolves around 8 strangers from different parts of the globe, who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked. The show has a number of LGBT characters, and has been praised for it’s positive portrayal of LGBT themes.
Whatever the reason is for Ameen’s leaving, Sense8 is currently filming it’s second season, and is expected to land late 2016/early 2017.
There were hints yesterday that we’d be getting our first look at ‘Rogue One : A Star Wars Story‘ today, and here it is, in all it’s Star Warsy goodness! This is the first of a series of Anthology films, designed to fill the gaps in between the scheduling of the main Star Wars Episodes.
Rogue One is set between the rise of Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith, and Luke joining the rebellion in A New Hope, and centres around a group rebel resistance fighters and their daring raid to steal the plans for the Empire’s shiny new Death Star…
The film is directed by Godzilla and Monsters Gareth Edwards, and written by Gary Whitta (writer of The Book of Eli, those excellent Telltale Walking Dead games, and ex-PC Gamer editor!), & Chris Weitz (Antz, About a Boy TV series). They put together an extremely impressive cast, with the main lead seemingly from this trailer being Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a young rogue who joins the rebellion. Other cast includes the brilliant Forest Whitaker, the great Mads Mikkelsen, Firefly’s beloved Alan Tudyk, to name but a few!
‘Rogue One : A Star Wars Story‘ hits the cinema on the 16th of December 2016, and so far is looking pretty good if the footage above is anything to go by!
If you’re a fan of the Alien franchise, you might want to check out this new release from Audible. Alien: Out of the Shadows is released on the 26th April, and stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner and Batman Begins), Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum and Kingsman: The Secret Service) Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter film series), and Kathryn Drysdale (Two Pints of Lager and St Trinian’s) in a fast-paced thriller set between the first two Alien films, following a terrifying fight for survival and an intense struggle between human and artificial intelligence…
The story follows Chief Engineer Hooper (Corey Johnson), who finds himself in command of a stricken orbital mining vessel after its captain is killed. Hooper finds himself not only responsible for the lives of his fellow crew, but also for the survivor of the only previous alien encounter, Ripley (Laurel Lefkow).
Hooper’s ship, a large mining freighter, is in orbit over a planet whilst servicing a mine on its surface below. Suddenly, two of its drop ships appear unexpectedly from the storm-lashed planet, with on-board cameras revealing alien creatures are loose on the vessels, attacking the mining crew on their return to the freighter. The crew must struggle not only against the ferocious predatory aliens but also against Ash (Rutger Hauer), the Artificial Intelligence on board the freighter that will stop at nothing to secure an alien specimen alive.
Rutger Hauer (voicing Ash) says, “Working on such a famous franchise was a challenge, but an amazing one to have. This was also my first introduction to audio work; it was fascinating to focus on just how powerful the voice can be for such a unique, non-human character like Ash. In the art form I work in, creating compelling audio drama is the ultimate illusion.”
A new chapter in the Alien franchise, the sci-fi audio drama is directed and produced by the renowned radio director Dirk Maggs (radio series of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), based on the original novel by award-winning author Tim Lebbon.
Alien: Out of the Shadows – an Audible Original audio drama – is available to download from 26th April at www.audible.co.uk/scream. If you want a taste of how it sounds, check out the clip below!
Obligatory SPOILER warning if you’ve not yet see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (but seriously… What the heck have you been doing the past few months??) Don’t watch the video above if you haven’t though. So, with that out of the way, Disney today announced that the as yet un-subtitled Star Wars: Episode VIII has gone into production, with the short little video showing new director Rian Johnson (Breaking Bad, Looper) being all director-y. From the little clip it does seem that the new film may pick up right where Episode VII left off. Either that, or Rian was already in the director’s chair for the final shots of the last film. Either way, we’ll have a long a torturous wait until Dec 2017 to see the results. Thankfully there is some respite in the form of Rogue One landing this December to help tide you over.
Also announce today were 3 new people joining the Star Wars universe. Firstly Benicio Del Toro, most recently seen commiserating with Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy and in the movie Sicario. He will be joined by Jurassic Park’s Laura Dern, who will also show up in the new Twin Peaks series and an upcoming Danny Strong written biopic about J.D. Salinger, and Kelly Marie Tran probably best know for her work on Ladies Like Us and various other CollegeHumor Originals shows. There is of course, no news on who they will be playing in the new Star Wars yet, but I’m sure details will come out in due time…
Star Wars: Episode VIII lands in cinemas December 14, 2017…
If you’re a Geektown Radio listener, you may remember last August we interviewed to the novelist Richard Morgan. One of the topics that came up was the long rumoured movie based on his first ‘Takeshi Kovacs’ novel Altered Carbon. Whilst this isn’t a movie, it’s possibly something much much better. A series coming to Netflix based on that very book!
For the uninitiated, Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century, where your consciousness can be stored in the cloud, so your mind can be transferred to a new body. The lead protagonist is called Takeshi Kovacs, who started on the wrong side of the tracks before being enlisting in the military joining the elite Envoy Corps. However, after leaving the military, he returns to his earlier criminal ways as a merc, which results in his incarceration. Unlike prison today though, rather than deal with all those annoying bodies you have to feed, the government only stores your mind, which leads to 500 year of imprisonment before being released to take on a murder case, in a world where the technology has made death obsolete. If he can solve the case, he can start a new life on Earth.
The show is being produced and written by Logoeta Kalogridis, the writer behind Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys, and the Bionic Woman tv series (which was a cruel casualty of the writers strike a few years back.) Kalogridis acquired the rights to Altered Carbon 4 years ago, but it’s taken until now to find a home, and thankfully it’s Netflix. It’s one of those books which would benefit from being outside the usual restrictions of the US network system, and Netflix have been batting 10/10 with pretty much everything they’ve commissioned so far.
Kalogridis serves as executive producer/showrunner, with Skydance Productions, who co-produced Star Trek Into Darkness & Star Trek Beyond with Bad Robot, and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation & Ghost Protocol with Paramount. They also produce the brilliant Grace and Frankie for Netflix.
No news on when it’s likely to air it’s 10 episode first season, but Altered Carbon has a strong team behind it, and will definitely be a show to watch out for.
As Star Wars fever grips the nation with the release of the new movie, back in the Summer, the force was already awakening, in the form of Secret Cinema‘s epic production of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You can read our original review here, but at the time it was impossible to talk with any great detail about what happened… because, well… it’s secret.
Now they’ve released the ‘final show’ trailer for Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, you can see a lot more details of what the lucky people that decided to travel to a galaxy far far away got to do. You can see we were taken from London onto a shuttle and were supposed to be flown to a rebel base, but were forced to land on the desert world of Tatooine. Here we met a number of familiar faces… Some droids, a farm boy, a smuggler, and a large Imperial force on the look out for rebels… We needed to get away, and fast…
Whilst trying to keep a low profile in a local Cantina, I was approached by a slightly shady looking chap who saw I was a pilot (the flight suit I was wearing was possibly a giveaway!) and told me he was after someone who knew his way around a shuttle for a special mission. We just needed ‘spice’ (a popular local drug) to bribe the shuttle captain. This meant trading or gambling with the locals for the required payment. Thankfully Jawa’s aren’t know for being too picky when it comes to the tech they’re prepared to take, and I happened to have an old circuit board with me. A bit of haggling later, and I had a small pack of powder-like substance to bribe my way onto the transport.
Just then, all hell breaks loose, as the Imperials start to carpet bomb the planet. We needed to leave, so ran to the shuttle we had secured. I jumped into the pilot seat and we tried to out-run the Imperial fleet. Unfortunately, their moon sided star base caught us in a tractor beam, and we ended up on the Death Star facing Vader himself… Upsetting a Dark Lord of the Sith didn’t seem like the best move, so we played along, before there was a rescue from the Rebel Alliance, and the Death Star was destroyed… We were then ushered into the next room to see the story continue, as the Empire struck back. Complete with scenes which were on screen being acted out around the edge of the space. From a tender moment between Leia and Han, to a full lightsaber duel high up in the rafters, it all helped make you feel you were inside the movie.
The next Secret Cinema event is in February, and I urge you to buy tickets. I’ve no idea what the film will be, but given the incredible job they did on Star Wars, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!